When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does.
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests,...
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity...
Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.
Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.
We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.
Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.
We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life, and often find...
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but...
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.
The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
The mind is always the patsy of the heart.
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity...
A man is sometimes as different from himself as he is from others.
Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient...
The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper,...